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Officially an old person

Last Sunday as I was at the night job I was twitching my leg, when I heard something in my hip pop. I didn’t think anything about it at the time, until I got up. The pain was very unexpected as I have popped my hip before, although usually when laying down.

I hobbled around and was made fun of on Sunday at work. But still I didn’t think anything of it. Monday morning the pain was still there. So much so that I could only walk up the stairs at work one step at a time, leading with my right leg as my left leg REFUSED to co-operate. I spent the day being laughed at as twitching on a chair as the how I hurt myself is ridiculous. Most thought I hurt myself working out and in hindsight, I should have just gone with it.

I dragged myself into the night job on Monday (I keep writing that as Moanday). Spent a lot of time sitting, which might not have been the best decision. Went home, got in a fight with my oldest, sat some more and then cried real tears when I got up to walk to my bedroom. The pain was intense. Needless to say it took 10 minutes to make the journey. Managed to get myself into bed and was cold and could not fathom getting up again. At this point, I hollered at my child for help. She asked me if I put Tiger Balm on it.  Now I hurt and felt foolish.

I rubbed Tiger Balm on my hip and took 2 Advil and still could not find a comfortable position to sleep in. I survived the night and woke up feeling better. I am still not 100% but I do feel significantly better. It goes without saying no exercise was done last week. I’m going to start off slowly tomorrow.

I have a new found respect for those struggling with physical limitations and pain. Pain is very humbling.

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First Sunday

Well it goes without saying that I will need to adjust my weekend schedule now that I am working Sundays instead of Saturdays.

Yesterday I had a baby shower to attend for one of my cousins. It ran from 2 pm – 7 pm  by the time we were finished cleaning up. Sigh. I then met a friend for dinner and ended up going back to her place to hang. I got home after midnight.

This morning I met up with my Dad for breakfast before he ran off to run errands. I was to meet up with a friend at noon but she did not respond to my texts/calls in the morning so I went back home to cook and start my laundry only to have her call me around noon to let me know that she was now up and available to visit. Ordinarily I would reschedule by this friend is on palliative care so tomorrow is not promised. I did a load and put it in the dryer and left my sheets washing before running out the door.

I managed to have a quick visit before having to run off to work. The night dragged as the call center was not busy. I sent multiple texts to my oldest to remind her to wash the towels and put them in the dryer. Instead of drying the sheets and towels separately she put them in together. This has not worked out well for me as I have been home over an hour now and they are still drying … I just pulled the towels out to focus on the sheets as I only have one set that fits my bed …

I am thinking all plans to getup early to workout tomorrow morning are starting to look fuzzy.

Last week we had most of our North American sales team in HQ. It was a long, tiring week as I attempted to get to work on time. I did get in early on the only day that really mattered for a meeting I think I could have lived without attending. Overall the week was good but so many unnecessary meetings.

Coming up this week, I have no plans outside of work and will be using my time to relax and figure out my new schedule.

The past couple weeks

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2 weeks ago, above was a short drive away. Went to Florida for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday party. It was attended by over 40 people who came from near and far. It was a great function. I am so very glad I went. I had lots of time with my Grandfather which is priceless. Seeing my Dad’s side of the family mostly all together was amazing.

I arrived on the Friday evening and soaked up the sun and family time for 5 glorious days. We severely over-estimated the amount of food needed for the party on Sunday and ended up with way too much food. Unfortunately I think most of it went to waste as we did not have any one to give it to and it was way too much to finish in the short time the majority of us were there.

At work we revamped our gym with 2 new Bowflex Max Trainer machines and a Peloton bike. I have been on the Max Trainer twice now and am recommitting to going to the gym at work on my days off. The preset workouts are 7, 14 and 21 minutes long. Right up my alley. So far I have only done the 7 minute version. Next week I will be stepping up to the 14 minute workout. This I will do for the rest of the summer just working on increasing the intensity.

My weekend shift change was approved a long while ago and yet I had to email the manager to ask her when it would take effect. Next week will be my first Sunday shift. This works out well as I have my cousin’s baby shower to attend next Saturday and a birthday party to attend the Saturday after that. I look forward to getting my social life back.

Next week my entire sales team is coming to HQ for the entire week. Going to have to try my best to get in to work on time. 😦 This will be a challenge for sure. But hopefully a habit I can keep up as I want to be able to leave at 5 pm with a clear conscience moving forward.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

This day has been very quiet day. My oldest is in Europe and my youngest went to work. I spent the day lounging. Went to see my own mother. She was in a good mood. Called my Aunt who is like a second mother to me. It was a good day.

Last week was great on the exercise front. I still don’t get up every morning but a workout was done 4 days last week. I’m getting there, slowly. I am still not eating after 8:30 pm. So that should help.

I ordered some clothes from Walmart of all places. I am a fan of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They manage to hide my side fat. I have more pairs than I care to admit to. Unfortunately some of them are starting to suffer from the inevitable chub rub. One of my coworkers told me that my jeans are in the local Walmart. I went online and found them for $9/pair!!! I bought all colours that were in my size.  4 new pairs of jeans for me. 1 pair is just slightly too small but I’m going to keep them as they were nine dollars! I’ll fit into them eventually.

I also picked up 2 dresses and a jumper to take to Florida.

Surprisingly these all got approval from my youngest.

My schedule change at the PT job was approved. Not sure when it will take effect as I am on the schedule this Saturday, but I know it is coming. Hello social life!!

I have been challenged by one of my very good friends to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. He knows that I will continue to put it off until my death bed if I am not pushed. This is still a work in progress. My first task is to identify the top 10 (minimum 8) things that are holding me back. This is harder that I thought it would be. But I will get on it.

My girl comes back on Thursday evening so I am going to have dinner with a friend near the airport before picking her up. Other than that this week should be mundane.

Exercise recap

Monday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Tuesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Wednesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “No pain, no gain”
Body: “Ok”

Thursday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “Come on. No pain, no gain. Remember?”
Body: “#$%#$^% off”

I was doing so well, but then I felt like I needed a rest day and that turned into 2 rest days. Then yesterday I met up with some friends and we walked 4 kms, very slowly but I am feeling it. Today I did an ab workout with my youngest and decided we need to do that more often. My core is weak.

Went to a funeral for a distant cousin on Friday and saw a whole side of my family that I haven’t seen in 6 years. Sadly a few of them live in town so we have no good excuse. Took my Aunt and my Mom and was reminded that my family is getting older. I’m a bit concerned about my Aunt who lives alone in a senior’s building. Her short term memory is going. Twice on the way home she asked my Mom the same question. She is aware of it, but it still makes me wonder what the future may hold. This Aunt does not have any kids and I am the closest to her, so this may fall on me when the time comes.

I has a brilliant idea the other day to change my PT work schedule and instead of working Saturdays, work Sundays instead. This will free up Saturday evenings and I can regain some sort of social life. I was looking ahead to and there are so many events that I want to do that mostly happen on Saturdays. Trying to get my work/life balance to be a little more even. I will have to adjust my laundry and meal planning but I think it is doable and worthwhile.

 

 

Need to step up my game

I took Thursday and Friday off last week from the day job and made a real attempt to get to bed on this side of midnight. It is amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. So I am recommitting to going to bed by 11:30 pm. This will be a challenge on the nights I work until 11 pm but it is possible. I will let the kitchen become a hot mess in order to facilitate 11:30.

Last Monday I walked into the night job only to be asked if I really wanted to work. That answer is usually always no. It was very quiet so I took advantage of the offer and went home.

Wednesday night, I went to the night job only to see a coworker at the team leader’s desk. As it turned out she thought she was on the schedule since it was her normal shift. Since she comes from a 40+ minutes drive away, I told her she could have my shift.

Friday, I was not so lucky and had to work my full shift. The manager of the call center was in and pulling certain people aside to let them know that as we get into the summer season, hours will be reduced.

I have also come to the conclusion that I need to ramp up my exercising. I remember my doctor telling me that I should do at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. I am close to 100 a week now. So I either need to work out every day or increase my current workout time. Since I do love my rest days, I will need to increase my workouts by at least 10 minutes. This seems doable.

So more sleep and exercise are on the agenda. What’s going on with you?

Cell phone lust

I am now the owner of a brand new alternator! Yeah me. At least that mystery has been solved and my vehicle is working well. The trunk doesn’t look well as the old battery tipped over and some battery acid leaked out. Even though I put baking soda on it, I think too much time had passed. The carpet in the trunk looks chewed up. I took my van to the car wash that does detailing and had them wash the trunk. It looks like only the carpet was affected.

Last week, I managed to get a workout and a couple of walks completed. Worked both my shifts. I did not connect with my cousin in the week as she was under the weather. She did pass by very early this morning to drop off her boots. I have not tried them on yet, but she did say they were not very comfortable.

On Friday, when I dropped off my old battery at Costco, I took a wander to the mobile kiosk and played with the Samsung S9. Not sure why I did that as it is beautiful. The camera is fantastic. It makes my S4 look like crap. It reminds me of when I change out my TV last year. The resolution is incredible. I want it but I don’t want to change my current phone plan so I would want to buy a phone free and clear. And with my upcoming trip, it would be used. It is not a need. I also looked at the S8 and the A8. Both are also a huge upgrade to what I have.

I am on the fence as my current phone works. It is just dated and is always running out of space. There is $300 difference between the A8 and the S9, with the S8 being smack in the middle. There are small differences between the S8 & S9, not sure it is worth the $150 pre-tax price difference. Things to ponder.

I am on the schedule for 4 shifts this week at the PT job. We have started summer hours at the FT job, so this Friday I will be leaving at noon. Bonus I do not have to work that evening so I should make plans while I am thinking about it.

Aside from my usual loads of laundry, I managed to get on the ball and roasted some vegetables and made rice and fried chick peas. I am trying to get back to a more plant based diet. Plus I eat less when I bring my lunch to work. Good for the waist line as well as the budget. This is a priority for me as I tried on my summer capris and it did not go well. I do not want to buy bigger clothes. So I have to make “lifestyle” changes. Now to convince myself to get up in the morning and do the workout.